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- Editor: Prentice Hall; Edición: Pap/Cdr (8 de mayo de 2000)
- Colección: Prentice Hall Ptr Core Series
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0130834564
- ISBN-13: 978-0130834560
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Core CSS: Cascading Style Sheets (Prentice Hall Ptr Core Series) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 8 may 2000
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For courses in HTML and Web Page Design. This comprehensive guide to Cascading Style Sheets shows students how to use the CSS effectively in web page design. The example-rich text offers a practical look at the current status of CSS and provides in-depth coverage of how both the CSS1 and CSS2 standards work in current major browsers.
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KEITH SCHENGILI-ROBERTS is Webmaster for the Toronto, CA software firm KL Group, and a long-time writer for The Computer Paper, Canada's largest computer magazine.
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There *is* informative information, but you really have to dig to get to it. The entire text is truly an excersize in copy and pasting. The table of contents alone is over twenty pages. The index (which is really what we use) is only ten pages. A good example of the amazing bloat in this book are the pages on "padding". The primary properties are padding, padding-left, padding-right, padding-top, padding-bottom. Any sensible author would have given a comprehensive description of one of the properties, and then breifly stated the obvious difference between left and right. However, two pages are dedicated to each property. Each two-page description is virtually identical to each other, substituting "right" for "left" where appropriate, etc.
Since it's been on my shelf, I've gone to it occasionally for quick reference, and it's painfully difficult to find anything specific. Far better references can be found on the web for free.
The book is easy to look through and use as a reference. The preface describes the target audiences as already "web authors" who want to become more effective. If you are completely new to CSS, the book does a nice step-by-step education of the ins and outs of CSS. However, if it had been my first CSS book (instead of 6th), I'm not sure that I would have had the motivation to learn how to convert all my planning from simple HTML markup to CSS; that I got most persuasively from Owen Briggs' "Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation" ISBN 1904151043, which I highly recommend to anyone still just mixing CSS into their HTML for occasional convenience. Nor is the writing engaging enough to carry along a reader who is not already convinced that they have GOT to learn CSS.
"Core CSS" does provide pretty comprehensive reference material, although some of it will not become "pragmatic"(the stated objective) for a few years -- e.g., all the material on CSS-3. The author usually includes the caveat "proposed" before the term CSS-3 ( the standards are still developing). Three years from now when browsers start to attend to CSS-3 standards, this material will apply (or be outdated if final standards different). Anyway, for CSS newcomers the inclusion of all the not-yet-applicable CSS-3 material will probably be more confusing and distracting than useful. More "pragmatic" to me would have been the inclusion in the extensive browser-compatibility tables of Apple's Safari browser (i.e., Mac OS X). Safari's user base is closing in on 10 million; it is the fastest and arguably most convenient browser yet designed; and although Mac users are a minority, their ranks include above-average incomes (and hence web shopping, etc.) and a preponderance of designers (including web).
My other concern about attempting to present "Core CSS" as an all-in-one CSS is that it does NOT have examples of how to WORK AROUND the documented quirks introduced by the pervasive disregard by browser designers for CSS standards. Here is where ANY CSS designer needs to study a copy of Eric Meyer's "Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design." The latter volume enables a designer to see how/why to employ CSS from scratch in designing pages/sites and special strategies for REdesigning to maximize efficiency for author and visitors.
I'm not one to encourage monopolies, yet I must say to the beginner that once Meyer's volume has given you the strategies to design with CSS, Meyer's reference volume (0072131780 - Cascading Style Sheets 2.0: Programmer's Reference) continues to be handier to work with as a daily-basis reference than "Core CSS" - even including basic conceptual frameworks such as the "box model" in a way that helps your planning (despite being two years older). Although "Core CSS" includes some screen shots, they do not offer as strong a conceptual underpinning for beginning one's work with CSS. My apologies to the publisher for a tepid review of Core CSS: it is improved over the first edition; but it doesn't amount to either an effective introduction for beginners or a comprehensive 2004 reference for the experienced.
This book gives a good overview of CSS and all of its contructs, from the first working model to new recommendations that haven't been adopted by a standards group. Its gives a summary on all properties and their adoption by differnt browser/OSs, and gives examples of proper application of the properties. It also explains some of the quirks and work-arounds with CSS which is a subject that could be a book in itself.
As a reference, I find it complete, but difficult to access information. It requires a bit of hunting because the index isn't thorough. I actually find it easier to use the TOC instead which is not a compliment.
If you are new to CSS, this book could serve you if you are a patient person. If you are a novice, this book would probably serve you better. If you are an expert, you may get a couple techniques out of this book, but if you're looking for a quick reference, this book will not serve you. It would possibly open your eyes to some techniques, especially with CSS2-3 and IE specific elements, although the execution of IE elements in this book are not streamlines.